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Rickman gets better each time,
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This review is from: The Smile of a Ghost (Merrily Watkins Mysteries) (Hardcover)If you are a firm fan of Merrily Watkins (or indeed Rickman in general) you will not be disappointed by this luxuriously long, enticing book. If you're a Watkins virgin, put the kettle on, unplug the phone and look forward to a gripping read. I keep thinking that Rickman has surpassed himself with his novels as they come out, and then he surprises us yet again.
This story is mainly based in Ludlow around some mysterious deaths which have taken place; however as usual the paranormal and the criminal is interjected with commonplace problems that Merrily Watkins, vicar, exorcist, lover of musicion Lol Robinson and mother of tempestuous teenager Jane, faces at work and in her private life, which brings the reader back to earth with a non-instrusive bump. The characters are, as always, fantastically drawn and the dialogue is so real you can hear it in your head. The twist at the end is both horrifying and deeply saddening. Don't miss it!